Andrea Miller on “The Day the Buddha Woke Up”

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Introducing “The Day the Buddha Woke Up” by Andrea Miller

Happy Sunday listeners!

Our guest today is Andrea Miller, an editor at Lion’s Roar magazine. She has edited three anthologies, including Buddha’s Daughters, and is the author of Baby’s First Book of Canadian Birds. She lives in Nova Scotia with her husband and two children.

Andrea is joining us to talk about her wonderful children’s book The Day the Buddha Woke Up. In our deep conversation with Andrea, she spoke about Who the Buddha was, what do we really know about him, and why is learning about him helpful; Why was Andrea inspired to write the first explicitly Buddhist board book ever; How mindfulness/meditation/Buddhist teachings have helped me as a parent.

Tune in to this insightful episode of the Reading with Your Kids podcast and learn how “The Day the Buddha Woke Up” can open up conversations with kids about important and/or difficult topics such as the realities of illness and death and what really makes us happy!


About the author

Andrea Miller, authorAndrea Miller has been an editor and staff writer at Lion’s Roar magazine (formerly called the Shambhala Sun) since 2006. She’s also the editor of three anthologies for Shambhala Publications: Right Here with You: Bringing Mindful Awareness into Our Relationships, Buddha’s Daughters: Teachings from Women Who Are Shaping Buddhism in the West, and All the Rage: Buddhist Wisdom on Anger and Acceptance.

Miller is the author of two picture books: My First Book of Canadian Birds (Nimbus Publishing) and The Day the Buddha Woke Up (Wisdom Publications). In addition, her writing has appeared in a wide range of publications, including, Mindful magazine, the Best Buddhist Writing series, The Best Women’s Travel Writing series, Family Fun Canada, The Chronicle Herald, The Globe and Mail, and Saltscapes. In the fall of 2019, Pottersfield Press will publish her book Awakening My Heart: Articles, Essays, and Interviews on the Buddhist Life.

Miller has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of King’s College, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. In addition, she has completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program.

Miller lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband and two small children, but she’s also lived in Japan, Korea, Mexico, France, Spain, and England. Miller loves traveling and in total has visited almost thirty countries. In 2018, Miller went to India for the first time. She attended the International Buddhist Conclave and visited sites associated with the Buddha’s life.


Here is a link to the book The Day the Buddha Woke Up :

Here is a link to Andrea’s First Book of Canadian Birds, the other picture book she has written:


Learn more about “The Day the Buddha Woke Up”

The Day the Buddha Woke UpThe Day the Buddha Woke Up is a board book that will captivate children of all ages. It’s the perfect way to introduce young children to the story of the Buddha—the clear, gracefully written story puts the Buddha’s awakening into language children can understand.

The simple arc of the Buddha’s questions, his quest, and his ultimate understanding will provide a meaningful and peaceful story that children—and their parents!—will love returning to again and again.


In this episode of the Reading with Your Kids podcast, Andrea Miller answers the following questions

  • Tell Me About The Day the Buddha Woke Up.
  • Who was the Buddha?
  • If the Buddha’s biography is a mix of myth and fact. How do we know what’s real and why is learning about him helpful?
  • What was the Buddha’s central teaching and how did you characterize it in your book?
  • Why were you inspired to write the first explicitly Buddhist board book ever?
  • How has mindfulness and Buddhist teachings helped you as a parent?
  • The Buddha woke up 2,600 years ago in India. Can we wake up now, right where we are?
  • What are good ways of teachings mindfulness to kids?
  • How can The Day the Buddha Woke Up open up conversations with kids about important and/or difficult topics, such as the realities of illness and death and what really makes us happy?
  • What’s your next project?



A big thank you to Andrea Miller for joining us and for sharing this wonderful book for families!


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